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Dr. Yahir Santiago-Lastra on the BackTable Urology Podcast

Dr. Yahir Santiago-Lastra


Dr. Yahir Santiago-Lastra is an associate professor of urology and the director of the Women's Pelvic Medicine Center at UC San Diego in California.

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Ep 12 Management of Cystitis & Pelvic Pain Syndrome with Dr. Yahir Santiago-Lastra and Dr. Jose Silva
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About Dr. Yahir Santiago-Lastra

Yahir Santiago-Lastra, MD, is director of UC San Diego Health's Women's Pelvic Medicine Center, which provides comprehensive and multidisciplinary care for a wide range of urogynecologic and pelvic floor dysfunctions. She specializes in diagnosing and treating a wide range of urogenital conditions in both men and women, including those caused by neurologic disorders. These include pelvic organ prolapse, urinary incontinence, voiding dysfunction, overactive bladder, neurogenic bladder, ureteral stricture, and post-prostatectomy incontinence, among other pelvic floor disorders.

Her other areas of expertise include procedures such as neuromodulation for overactive bladder, bladder augmentation and urinary diversion. She also works with patients with congenital urologic malformations who are transitioning from pediatric to adult care.

As an associate professor in the Department of Urology, Dr. Santiago-Lastra instructs medical students, residents and fellows at UC San Diego School of Medicine. Her research interests include transitional care in patients with neurogenic bladder, sacral and peripheral neuromodulation, urinary diversion and urinary incontinence.

Dr. Santiago-Lastra completed a fellowship in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery at University of Michigan Medical School and a residency in urology at Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, where she was selected for her clinical and leadership skills to serve as chief resident. Following her residency, Dr. Santiago-Lastra served as a clinical instructor in surgery in the Department of Urology at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Santiago-Lastra earned her medical degree from University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, where she graduated magna cum laude and was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.

She is a member of the Society of Women in Urology, the Society for Urodynamics, Female Pelvic Medicine and Urogenital Reconstruction (SUFU), and the American Urogynecologic Society (AUGS).

Dr. Santiago-Lastra was recently awarded an Academy of Clinician Scholars Faculty Development Award for her work in developing a Transition Urology Care Program for adults with congenital urologic conditions.

Outside of work, she enjoys traveling with her family and writing non-fiction. Dr. Santiago-Lastra is from San Juan, Puerto Rico and speaks Spanish and French fluently.

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Podcasts Featuring Dr. Yahir Santiago-Lastra

Episode #12


We talk with Dr. Yahir Santiago-Lastra, director of the Women's Pelvic Medicine Center at UC San Diego Health about the management of cystitis and pelvic pain syndromes. She shares her insights on genitourinary syndrome of menopause, pain evaluation and treatment, and procedural options including botox and sacral neuromodulation.

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Dr. Jose Silva talks with Urologist Dr. Yahir Santiago from UC San Diego Medical Center about the diagnosis and treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction in women.

Articles Featuring Dr. Yahir Santiago-Lastra

A surgeon performing a urinary diversion with cystectomy to treat complications of genitourinary syndrome of menopause

Genitourinary syndrome of menopause can have manifestations that are refractory to estrogen and pelvic floor therapy treatment, such as incontinence and cystitis. This article discusses various procedural and surgical options for these patients.

Female physician talking to a patient about genitourinary syndrome of menopause

Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause is a new term that describes various menopausal syndromes including dryness, irritation, and recurrent UTIs. This article covers clinical and holistic treatments for genitourinary syndrome of menopause.

Woman doing pelvic floor exercises for female incontinence treatment

Non-surgical options for female incontinence treatment are important for patients who don’t want to have surgery. They include anticholinergics, pessaries, bulking agents, and pelvic floor physical therapy.

Boston Scientific’s Advantage Fit sling device for TVT sling surgery

Bladder sling surgery is the most common type of surgery to treat female incontinence. This article explains the differences between different types of sling surgery including TOTs, TVTs, and mini-slings. Sling surgery recovery and restrictions after the surgery are also discussed.

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